Class 06: MON FEB 10

Agenda MON FEB 10

Riddle: The Mirror Paradox



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Counterintuitive Thinking

Godspell Detail

In-Class Task

  • Click on the My Hypothesis link in the sidebar
    • Tasks in Sidebar
  • From the resulting feed, choose one or more My Hypothesis posts that intrigue you to want to read further
  • Leave feedback for 1-3 of your classmates as Replies to their posts.
    • Offer a counterintuitive angle
    • Suggest good research material
    • Assess the quality of thinking shown in the six steps
    • Make any substantive assessment that could help your classmate


21 Responses to Class 06: MON FEB 10

  1. davidbdale says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Black Hebrew Israelites (also called Hebrew Israelites, Black Hebrews, Black Israelites, and African Hebrew Israelites) are groups of Black Americans who believe that they, along with Latin Americans and Native Americans, are the true descendants of the ancient Israelites.[1][2][3][4] To varying degrees, Black Hebrew Israelites incorporate certain aspects of the religious beliefs and practices of both Christianity and Judaism. Many choose to identify as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than Jews in order to indicate their claimed historic connections.[5][6][7][8]

    In contrast to Black Jews, Black Hebrew Israelites are not associated with the mainstream Jewish community, and they do not meet the standards which are used to identify people as Jewish by the Jewish community. The only exception to this norm is any small number of individuals who have formally converted to Judaism.

    The Hebrew Israelite movement originated at the end of the 19th century, when Frank Cherry and William Saunders Crowdy both claimed to have received visions that African Americans are descendants of the Hebrews in the Bible; Cherry established the Church of the Living God, the Pillar Ground of Truth for All Nations in 1886 and Crowdy founded the Church of God and Saints of Christ in 1896.[9][10][11][12]

    Consequently, Black Hebrew groups were founded in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from Kansas to New York City, by both African Americans and West Indian immigrants.[13] In the mid-1980s, the number of Black Hebrews in the United States was between 25,000 and 40,000.[14] Black Hebrew Israelism is a non-homogenous movement with a number of groups, that have varying beliefs, practices, and relationships to Judaism and Christianity.[6]

    According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), “Some, but not all [sects of the Black Hebrew Israelites], are outspoken anti-Semites and racists.”[4] As of December 2019, the Southern Poverty Law Center “lists 144 Black Hebrew Israelite organizations as black separatist hate groups because of their antisemitic and anti-white beliefs.”[15][context?]

    So which side of the divide is Kendrick Lamar on?

  2. j6128 says:

    What happened
    Riddle: The Mirror Paradox
    Hair part theory
    Counterintuitive Thinking

    What I learned
    Mirrors doesn’t flip left-to-right, it flips it front-to-back
    Hair part theory- if you are artistic then you part your hair to the left
    You must categorize your post in order for the post to show up on the side bar and task list
    The universe is an abstruse topic just like religion
    “god is the name we use to try to convince ourselves the limitless”- because we can’t comprehend the eternal”- wise words for Professor
    Faith in unanswerable questions
    Facebook has more gender categories than the olympics
    Gender disputes in the olympics for generations
    Everything’s an argument
    Everything written is an argument ex: shopping list
    Argument can be disowned by the author
    We write diaries for our future self
    Journalism can not be objective
    We can be more or less objective
    Art is not functional
    Tools need to be deprived of their function in order to be considered art
    Bariatric surgery- need to be on steroids all your life because you only have one lung
    Everyone’s bodies is different
    3 year old receives bariatric surgery (controversial) children are not mature enough to make their own decisions
    Euthanasia for kids is controverisal also because they are not mature enough to make their own decisions (children with terminal illness)

  3. dancestar10 says:

    -Religious views
    -There are unanswerable questions
    -Everything are lies
    -talking about surgery

  4. a1175 says:

    -a mirror doesn’t look left to right, it looks front to back
    -Facebook has multiple types of gender options that people can pick from
    -everything said can be seen as an argument because not everyone believes the same stuff
    -grocery lists can be arguments because they are more like recommendations (list may say one thing, but you can change your mind in the store)
    -when people write diaries, they tell the truth, but they also withhold information to what they want to remember in the future and leave the things out that they want to forget
    -we don’t consider something art if it is functional

  5. sixers103 says:

    Professor talked about how throughout the universe there are some unanswerable questions for example “God.” He started a class discussion on wether if everything is an argument no matter what the object/topic is. The simplest of things can be an argument like the difference of prices of the same object that you want. You can provide a counterintuitive point to anything and everything in the world. From just your own opinion you can objectify anything into any type of category. The purpose of an object can be counterintuitive to a persons opinion on the category of an object.

    There was no reply section for me under the lecture for todays class but I felt that the grocery item list was the most clearest example of counterintuitive. I say the grocery list because even thought you have a set list of items that you want to buy, it can change in the snap of a finger because you found a cheaper option of that same object.

  6. walmaarts says:

    – We started off the class by talking about “The Mirror Paradox” and how looking in one flips the object. For example, someone looking at me looks different than how I see myself in the mirror.
    – Next, we started talking about religion and how everyone interprets it differently. Some examples of religion are Christianity, Judaism, etc. The religion could also be thought of as the infinite universe because of the fact that we can’t comprehend eternity. This is an interesting way to think about religion.
    – Everything that is written is an argument. At first, I disagreed with this statement but then an example of a shopping list my views changed. The example was given that if you have a grocery list stating you want to buy “turkey hill” ice cream at the grocery store you’re probably going to buy the ice cream listed instead of the cheaper “Haagen Dazs”.
    – Things that are functional aren’t considered art. For example, a Lamborgini may look breathtaking but it isn’t art. Even though it can be beautifully designed or crafted.
    – Is there an issue with Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric surgery is a procedure performed on people who are obese for weight control. Most people (including my self) like myself don’t have a problem with older people getting the help they need with their weight. The problem arises when parents try to get their children this surgery. The poor decision making of the parents is to blame.
    – Euthanasia for kids. Should this perscription be legal for kids? In my opinion, although it is a tough decision if the quality of life is so bad that the kid is in pain for the rest of their life. Euthanasia should still be an option. Even for the young.

  7. bmdpiano says:


    – A mirror flips things to right? Why don’t they flip us up and down?
    – A mirror really flips through us like if someone could see through us if they were standing behind us.

    – Things are not always as we expect them to be. There’s the idea of gender. The normality is Male and Female, but there are now many more open choices for those who do not identify as Male or Female.
    – Everything is an argument. Labeling the door “Room 414” claims that this is what the room is, but it could have been labeled wrong and people could argue that it is really not “Room 414” but “Room 412” instead.
    – A shopping list is an argument. The list could say one thing, but we could chose another brand that is cheaper than what we originally chose.
    – Bariatric surgery is okay for a 30 year old because they chose to, but is it okay for an overweight 3 year old? Doctors and parents would refuse. The blame should not be shifted to the actual child, but to the people feeding them.
    – These questions and topics can be flipped on their heads. They may or may not have the same answers or results and that is what makes them counterintuitive.

  8. j6128 says:

    the most helpful example was about euthanizing children

  9. samtheman1448 says:

    In todays class, Professor went over The Mirror Paradox riddle in the beginning of class. Professor explained that a mirror does not show a reflection from left to right, but from front and back.
    After the riddle, Professor did some house keeping and showed the class how to correctly submit our posts to specific categories.
    The lecture in class today is about counterintuitive thinking. Professor explained to us that everything is an argument. Professor used many different examples in class today about topics that can be argued. For example, we as a class talked about if Bariatric surgery and if young children should be able to go through the operation. Another example was when we discussed if there is any difference between a 102 year old person and a 6 year old person wanting to legally kill themselves if they are in a state of crucial pain or if they are very ill.

  10. alyse816 says:

    The “painting of the food” that was really food being painted helped me understand counterintuitivity

  11. gossipgirl3801 says:

    2/10/20- In class today our riddle was about mirrors and why we see ourselves flipped. Our housekeeping was making sure everyone made their hypothesis post in the right categories. For our lecture we introduced the topic of counterintuitive thinking, discussed how almost everything is an argument even a shopping list. We talked about how if its functional it isn’t art because art, to most people, isn’t functional. Professor Hodges talked about bariatric surgery being a real-life issue and how we accept that some people can’t maintain a healthy weight and then asked if we thought it was okay that a 3-year old kid gets the surgery. Another topic we talked about was euthanasia for incredibly ill children. We then left a comment stating which topic helped us understand counterintuitive the best. We received HW, offering feedback to other classmates hypotheses.

  12. rose1029 says:

    February 10th Class notes:
    – listened to Kendrick Lamar
    – solved a mirror riddle
    – did some housekeeping on our recent posts
    – talked about religion and the universe
    – talked about current gender identities
    – discussed how everything is an argument
    – how objective is journalism
    – what the difference between art and a regular object
    – how our eyes perceive light
    – Bariatric surgery for children
    – Euthanasia for Kids
    What I learned:
    – mirrors reflect an image, meaning that it flips the image front-to-back, not left-to-right.
    – when making a post, always make sure to check the boxes under the topic of what your post is about and your own username in order to have your assignment show up under the correct categories
    – “God” is essential, the universe and really just a simple explanation for a very complicated topic
    – people may identify as different things and the world will continue to advance and get even more complicated
    – even a shopping list can be an argument, it can change your mind once you actually go to the store
    – journalism cannot be objective, because there are feelings involved as well as details that are being chosen to put into the writing or chosen to keep out of the writing. Overall you can never be perfectly objective because you would need to slow time down to make an attempt to describe everything that’s going on at the same time
    – something can be beautiful and still not be considered art. The difference is that anything that is art doesn’t have another defining purpose
    – our eyes actually see things upside down, our brains are responsible for flipping the image right-side-up
    – when it comes to children needing certain surgeries, they themselves aren’t mature enough to make the decision, and the blame could in most cases be put on the parents
    – there are two ways to calculate age if a 102 yr old has 6 months to live and a 6 yr old has 6 months to live then they are essentially the same age and therefore in the same situation in life.

  13. nayr79 says:

    Today, we were reminded of the correct way to categorize our posts. Our posts must be under the task/assignment category as well as our user’s category. This will greatly improve organization in the website as well as ensure that we get credit for our work. We also discussed religion and gender today and how difficult some of the answers to their questions are. I learned about how mirrors worked, flipping things forward and backward rather than any other direction. Everything is an argument. What could be written down could be wrong. A shopping list is only a suggestion. Your mind could change, the item might be out of stock, and the list would be folly. Today was all about questions. Between religion, moral decisions regarding children’s rights, gender things, and more. Counterintuitivity is all about asking questions. Looking at the drastic measures of both sides of the spectrum is key to understanding what counterintuitive means.

  14. stripedsweater21 says:

    We talked about housekeeping for assignments and how to categorize them properly.
    We also talked about how gender preference is gaining more popularity, such as online platforms and such. Soon there may or may not be gender preferences in the Olympics.
    We talked about how everything is an argument. For example, a shopping list is an argument. The list is a recommendation of what to buy; you can either be convinced by the argument and follow the list or you can find an alternative that is a better option to buy instead of what’s on the list.
    It was also mentioned that a diary is meant for a specific argument; therefore, it is as manipulative and artificial as any other piece of writing.
    Objects that have value can be striped of its functioned and displayed as art; the difference between art and an artistic object is that an artistic object may have a function.
    The example that cleared up the counterintuitive topic is assisted suicide; some may not be okay with it because at the end of the day, it’s suicide. But given a certain situation, it should be okay because sometimes, the pain of life can be too much to handle.

  15. omgmafia says:

    One of the things I learned today that I was having trouble with before was placing my writing pieces into categories. With the help of davidbdale, showing the whole class an example of placing your work into your own category, I now that I am definitely getting credit for my work.
    Another thing I realized during class was that everything is an argument. I have not really recognized that before because I never mentioned it, but now I know that everyone has a different opinion. Everything is an argument, even the facts that we believe are facts. We could even be arguing with ourselves, depending on the change of previous and present conditions. Everything can be feuded.
    Also, journalism is not objection, but fiction is another story.
    Furthermore, my opinion on a 3-year-old getting surgery is because they are obese is not right or fair. It is normally harder for a 3-year-old to make their own decisions, especially on something severe a surgery. The real problem is why are the parents allowing them to get that heavy to the point where it is unhealthy. If it were a 30-year-old, they would understand the risks more and make a better choice based on their knowledge. Age plays a big part in different perspectives, and it has a lot to do with the way people look at each other and the choices they make.

  16. Cleo says:


    -When I entered the classroom I was surprised by the selection of music played by the professor. It was a little too intense for 8 AM.
    -The riddle was extremely interesting and I had never thought of the way a mirror works, but have had the question myself as well.
    -Professor introduces us to a couple counterintuitive topics such as religion, pronouns, shopping lists etc. I learned that everything is an argument. People will disagree with everything and anything someone has to say.
    – The article on the shopping list being an argument is what really stood out to me because I never realized someone’s personal list would be so argumantitive

  17. harp03 says:

    Class Notes 02/10/2020
    Intro: Riddle

    -Make sure to categorize BOTH name and assignment or you may not receive full/any credit
    -You can check if it is correctly categorized by scrolling down the side bar

    -Began by explaining how every written article is an argument
    -You can change anything, or rebuke a so-called “fact”, at any point in time
    -For example, a shopping list is technically an argument since it is a recommendation to yourself or others for what to buy (you can always change or disagree with it once you go to purchase the item though)
    -Art is art when an object is not functional (we read about an artist who put a wheel and stool together, removing both of their functions, which turned it into art
    -In class, we also discussed the concept of a 102 year-old vs a 3 year-old making the choice to euthanize themselves while living through a terminal illness
    …I believe that the 3 year-old has much more life to live, even if it is only 6 months, compared to the older person who would only be missing a very, very small fraction of their life. Also, the kid has other in their life still, and they are not yet mature enough to understand the value of life, therefore they should not be given the same opportunity as someone who is 102.

    I believe that the most useful example of counterintuitivity was the shopping list, because it helped me realize that what seems like a fact/set list can actually be changed by whoever is reading it. Everything is an argument, and if something is counterintuitive it is not set in stone. There are two or more sides/possibilities that could be true depending on who you ask.

  18. gossipgirl3801 says:

    There was no section to comment under the counterintuitive thinking post so I’m going to post which example I thought best helped me under todays agenda. The example that best helped me understand what counterintuitive thinking was the one about euthanasia for children. The dilemma of a 102 year old having stage 4 terminal cancer and being in so much pain he wanted to be put to sleep and then a 5 year old having the same cancer and in the same pain, with the question should the child be able to be die if they wanted? What’s the difference between a 102 year old and a 5 year old if they both have 6 months to live and in the same amount of pain? Should the child be able to make his own decision? This topic really pushed my brain with all these questions I still am not sure of the answer and made me think counterintuitively.

  19. alyse816 says:

    Mirrors don’t flip things at all, the image goes through a plane, front to back
    To help us understand eternity we use god to help wrap our head around it
    More gender roles and categories are coming about and are going to start being options in the olympics
    Everything that is written and can have a counter opinion is an argument
    Lists are a set of recommendations that can be approved or disapproved based on the conditions of the world that day
    To determine the difference between an object and art we look at the functionality, but whether or not you use it for its function can also determine if its art

  20. dupreeh79 says:

    The best example that helped me understand counterintuitive is the example about eternity. No matter how much we think about it we can not comprehend something that goes on forever. Even though it is true that the universe goes on forever to cope with that information we create gods to give us an answer.

  21. tenere84 says:

    Notes 2/10

    Riddle: The image of Cindy Crawford, if flipped upside down and shown to a mirror, would not flip the image from left to right. Mirrors only show the back relative to the front. Otherwise the laws of mirrors would be confusing and nearly physically impossible.

    A look at the God of the Gaps argument (the most helpful example of counterintuitive thinking)
    – We use God to explain the issues and concepts we don’t understand (such as those of the scientific, moral, or social categories) or haven’t quite solved yet.
    – However, it’s perfectly reasonable to conclude that we lack knowledge about something rather than create our own conclusions to fill in the gaps.

    Facebook has more gender categories than the Olympics
    – Instead of forcing users to identify as merely male or female, Facebook has introduced a third massive category of “custom” gender options including “transgender,” “cisgender,” “gender fluid,” “intersex,” and “neither.”
    – In the olympics, Chinese gymnasts of earlier games were thought to be much younger (12 or 13).
    – On the other side, female Russian athletes have been doping to obtain the strength of a man.

    My Shopping List is an Argument
    – Everything is a argument (i.e a claim); the intended audience and argument-maker may vary.
    – A shopping list with foods like premium ice cream and ground beef for dogs suggests that these foods are worth buying.
    – The foods on the list are about as open to challenge as a formal argument on an opinion piece.

    Sleeping Dog
    – Some dogs have dots on their eyebrows that allow them to appear as if they are awake when they are really asleep, contributing to their species’ survival over the years.

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